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2:21 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Violence Prevention “Think Group” to Gather in Pittsburgh

A citywide "think group" is being convened as part of an effort to reduce community violence. The group will look at violence prevention programs from around the country to determine which aspects of them work and in what situations they perform best.

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health's Center for Health Equity will guide the effort. One Vision One Life executive director Richard Garland has been selected to head the program as an independent consultant. Garland said the group would be modeled after other organizations across the nation.

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Government
9:47 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Struggle for County Weights & Measures Office Continues

It seems Allegheny County Council is the rope in a political tug-of-war between the County Executive and the County Controller. A pending Council vote will determine which office will have command of the county's Weights & Measures Division.

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Local
7:15 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Concussion Management Focus of Statewide Conference

More than 100 coaches, athletic directors, teachers, administrators and others gathered in Pittsburgh and locations throughout the state Tuesday to learn more about the effects of concussions on students' health and academic success. Those in other areas were participating via video conferencing in the first-of-its-kind student athlete concussion management conference.

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Environment
6:45 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Shale Compressor Station Permitted in Allegheny County

The Allegheny County Health Department has issued the first permit for a Marcellus Shale compressor station in the county to Superior Appalachian Pipeline, which will run the facility in Frazer Township on Kissick Lane.

Guillermo Cole, Allegheny County Health Department spokesman, said there are already compressor stations in Allegheny County that transport natural gas, but this one will be the first transporting Marcellus Shale natural gas.

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Local
6:00 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Finds Assistance Fraud

More than 600 individuals receiving some sort of public assistance through the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare have been found to be living in other states. The discovery comes following an investigation of 1,123 cases that were flagged by the department.

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Local
5:00 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Insurance Institute For Business and Home Safety Pushing For Residential Fire Sprinkler Requirements

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) is urging policymakers to support new residential construction standards that call for the installation of fire sprinkler systems in new construction.

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Local
3:30 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

PA 529 Programs Cut Tuition Costs

Tuesday May 29th (5/29) has been dubbed 529 Day to raise awareness about the need to save money for higher education through the Pennsylvania 529 College Saving Program.

Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord said Pennsylvania's students are carrying about 10% more debt than the average student in the country.

"You can get really tremendous benefit and cut the cost of college roughly in half if you save in advance using a tax-advantaged 529 account," McCord said.

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Transportation
7:00 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Idea of Special Legislative Session on Transportation Floated in Harrisburg

A group of state Senators has launched an effort to call Pennsylvania lawmakers back to Harrisburg this summer to grapple with transportation issues. State Sen. Mike Stack (D- Philadelphia) is circulating petitions calling for a special session this summer focused only on transportation issues.

To convene the session, half of the members of both the House and the Senate must sign the petitions.

"I know if folks are being realistic about this issue we can get those signatures," said Stack.

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Economy
7:00 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Higher Education Employment Growth Continues to Outpace National Job Growth

Growth in a number of higher education jobs has been increasing steadily for several years. The first quarter of 2012 was no exception, but that growth does appear to be moderating, according to HigherEdJobs, a major source for jobs and career information in academia. President and co-Founder John Ikenberry said the growth in higher ed jobs is moderating after bucking the unemployment trend of the economic downturn.

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Health
7:00 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Study Finds Robotic Assisted Prostate Cancer Surgery Costs a Lot with Little Benefits Over

Robotic-assisted, laparoscopic surgery for prostate cancer has gained in popularity over the years, but a recent UPMC study found it doesn't yield better results than standard open surgery, though it costs a great deal more.

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Local
7:30 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

New Bill Could Limit Union Opportunities While Giving Them More Input

State senators could soon vote on a bill that's no longer a blanket reversal of a court decision regarding Act 47. That ruling favored public sector unions in municipalities that are designated as "financially distressed." The revised legislation now details limits to what unions can get, while giving them more input in negotiations with Act 47 coordinators.

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Health
5:00 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Children's Hospital “Hard Head Patrol” Returns This Month

The "Hard Head Patrol" is back this summer educating children of all ages on the importance of wearing a helmet when riding anything with wheels. The program sponsored by Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh will begin this month and run through September.

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Health
5:00 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Pennsylvania Scores Five Out Of Ten On Injury Prevention Report Card

A new study released by the Trust For America's Health (TFAH) shows almost half of all U.S. states scored low on the Injury Prevention Report Card. The Facts Hurt: A State-By-State Injury Prevention Policy Report ranked states on ten indicators and 24 of them scored a five or lower.

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Health
7:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Telemedicine Initiative Aimed at Increasing Access to Healthcare in Pennsylvania

The growing popularity of telemedicine may still be out of reach to some, but Pennsylvania is trying to close that gap. Governor Tom Corbett has announced that the state will increase patients' access to specialist care through telemedicine by expanding coverage for people covered by the Medical Assistance Program.

"How this will work is using technology like interactive audio and video equipment, doctors and patients will be able to connect from remote locations," said Carey Miller, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

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Local
7:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Bill Would Cut Tax on Aircraft Repair, Create Jobs

Not many airplanes are repaired in Pennsylvania compared to surrounding states, due in part to a tax policy that makes replacement parts more expensive here, according to State Rep. Robert Matzie (D-Allegheny/Beaver). A new bill passed by the House, sponsored by State Rep. Peter Daley (D-Washington/Fayette) and co-sponsored by Matzie, seeks to make an exemption.

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Arts
7:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Linda Lane

Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane tells Josh Raulerson reading has made all the difference in her life.

Recently, she's been reading:

Isabelle Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns

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Arts
7:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Painter and Sculptor Come Together at Johnstown Art Show

Dialogue, an exhibition featuring paintings and sculptures of two artists, will be shown at this year's annual ART WORKS Art Show in Johnstown. The inaugural showing will start at 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 2nd.

Norman Ed, the exhibit's sculptor and Johnstown native, said he will be working on the pieces up until the day of the show.

"The majority of the work is all buttoned up," Ed said, "but I love the energy and the certain kind of tension and frustration about trying to pull something off."

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Local
7:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

South Side Farmers' Market Returns to 18th Street

The general consensus seems to be in favor of the "new" location for Citiparks' South Side Farmers' Market. Every Tuesday from 3:30 to 7:30 PM the market will be set up in the parking lot on 18th and East Carson streets across from Fat Head's.

Two years ago the market was moved to 21st and Sidney streets, but this year it returned to the previous location. D.J. Jodikinos, part-owner of Jodikinos Farms, said his family has been participating in the market for more than 40 years.

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Local
11:00 am
Sun May 27, 2012

Squonk Opera Performing for Free This Summer

The Squonk Opera is celebrating its 20th anniversary with 20 free performances around the city of Pittsburgh, but the entertainers will not be on a stage.

Steve O'Hearn, Co-Artistic Director and performer for Squonk Opera, explains that each performance will start with a "wacky" parade featuring sousaphones and glockenspiels, and end up on an unusual surface.

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Environment
7:05 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Powdermill Nature Preserve Assembles List of Marcellus Shale Well Sites

The Powdermill Nature Reserve, a research center of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, has completed a list of all Marcellus Shale wells in Pennsylvania. The list consists of all drilling sites in the state that have been permitted, drilled, are producing, abandoned, expired, shut-in (flow of gas has been stopped), or plugged (sealed with cement and/or mud).

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Economy
6:25 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Job Training Program Could be Model for Centers Statewide

A new manufacturing job training program designed to close the so-called "skills gap" will be short and affordable. It may also be a model to use throughout the state.

The state job training center, Pennsylvania Careerlink of Lancaster County, is launching a new kind of class that's two weeks long and combines several types of training. Enrollees will be able to learn basic math and reading skills, technical know-how, and workplace etiquette/communication skills.

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Government
6:25 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

New Senate Bill Would Require Schools To Teach About The Holocaust

Pennsylvania State Senator Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) has introduced a bill that would require all Pennsylvania school districts to teach students in grades 6-12 about the Holocaust. The Bill would also require schools to teach about genocide, human rights violations, anti-Semitism, racism, and the abridgement of civil rights.

Senator Williams said if today's youth is not educated about this event, it could pave the way for something similar to happen in the future.

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Transportation
5:30 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Port Authority Calls Back Laid Off Workers, Adds Rail Operators

In an ongoing effort to ensure the light rail system runs efficiently during busy times, the Port Authority of Allegheny County is taking several steps including calling back workers who were laid off last year. Port Authority CEO Steve Bland told the Board of Directors at their monthly meeting, the loss of about 135 employees in recent months was a contributing factor to problems with the North Shore Connector earlier this month.

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Local
5:45 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Holiday Weekend Fireworks Celebrate Rich Pyrotechnic Tradition in Pennsylvania

Fireworks fans will have plenty of entertainment options this weekend around southwestern Pennsylvania.

New Castle-based Pyrotecnico will stage a show billed as "America's Largest Fireworks Festival" on Saturday at Hartwood Acres. The event features a series of fireworks displays with patriotic themes, as well as a full slate of live music starting at 3:00 PM.

Among the show's highlights is a 40-foot launching platform that will be hoisted high above the audience's heads, according to company president Stephen Vitale.

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Economy
8:00 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Visit Pittsburgh Takes Mt. Washington

Visit Pittsburgh has opened its fourth visitor center, and this one has a view. The region's top tourism promotion group opened a center in the Duquesne Incline's upper station this week.

"There are 500,000 people who go through the Duquesne Incline each year, 80% of which are visitors," said Visit Pittsburgh President and CEO Craig Davis.

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